Dorothy Hall’s Cold Remedy (and other natural cold and flu treatment tips)

medicine and spoon wrapped in a comforting scarf to represent natural cold and flu treatmentsAt certain times of year colds and flu are everywhere and everyone goes down with them. So what natural treatments should we be using to avoid getting a cold or flu?

And if we do get one, what do we do about it?

Avoid getting colds and flu in the first place!

Start with the basics. You should get ideally a balance of good sleep, good food, exercise and sunshine.

The most beneficial essential oils overall are eucalyptus and tea tree.

A good night’s sleep will ensure you are refreshed, so that your immune system is strong. To help sleep at night, try lavender. Having a bath with lavender and marjoram in the evening will help induce a good night’s sleep.

What about when you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or flu?

Usually I take about half a teaspoon of vitamin C powder in some fresh lemon and orange juice. About 1,000 milligrams will give your immune system a bit of a kick start. Then have about 500 milligrams every couple of hours to keep boosting the immune system.

Another thing is, these days people’s lives are so busy and stressful. Allow yourself some rest. Have a bit of time out, time in nature. Enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and so on.

When the precautions fail and you end up with a cold or a flu – what will ease the symptoms and help you get better faster?

First, keep up the vitamin C. Not just tablets, try fresh juices – lots of fresh fruit and fruit juice. Rest.

If you’ve got sinus problems, steam inhalations are very good. You can use tea tree and a little bit of eucalyptus. Peppermint oil is very good for clearing the sinuses too.

Then there’s coughs and sore throats. Apart from the oils I’ve already mentioned, you can also use thyme. Plus, a little bit of sandalwood on the outside of the throat is very good for bronchitis and coughs. Lemons are good too. Have a slice of lemon with the rind on it, because that’s rich in bioflavonoids. And of course manuka honey is extremely good for infections. It will help to soothe the throat, too, which is why so many people drink honey and lemon.

Dorothy Hall’s cold remedy

picture of Dorothy Hall's cold and flu remedy made up in a glass, with ingredients in the backgroundBest of all is Dorothy Hall’s cold remedy. (Dorothy Hall was a founding member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society and author of several books including ‘The Book of Herbs‘) It’s good to have at night just before you go to bed. You get all warm and you sweat it out. Essentially, the remedy raises your body temperature so it kills off the virus.

Here’s the recipe for Dorothy Hall’s cold and flu remedy:

Put the following in a cup:

  • a clove of grated garlic
  • a little bit of grated ginger
  • a little bit of grated lemon rind.

Pour a couple of inches of boiling water on top and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Then add

  • the juice of a lemon
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • honey to taste.

Drink the liquid, eat the solids with a teaspoon and then jump into bed!

Plenty of rest and you’ll be better in no time!

5 Stress-Reducing, Anxiety-Reducing Strategies for Right Now

It’s that day of the week we’ve all been waiting for. You probably have a few plans for the weekend already. But there you are – exhausted & stressed to the max!!!

Stress and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues we all suffer from. They give us overwhelming emotions that sap our energy, make us less productive, and make us feel down. And even though we cannot completely do away with feeling stressed and anxious, luckily, there are several stress-reducing strategies we can use right now.


Breathing can work miracles when you are experiencing negative emotions, such as anger. Taking a long, deep breath to calm your mind and body has been scientifically proven to work, and in fact, is the key component of some of the most powerful mind-body exercises like meditation and yoga. Slow, deep breathing is a way to distract the mind from engaging in negative thoughts and emotions. At the same time, the inhalation of fresh air decreases the amount of cortisol – negative hormone produced by the adrenals  – released in the body in response to stress. This very simple practice of mindful breathing is very powerful.


Laughter’s the best medicine. Did you know that one good belly laugh also kicks the immune system into gear for the next 36 hours. When you laugh, magical things happen inside your body, one of which is the release of the ‘feel good’ chemicals (endorphins)  in your body that promote positive feelings, and reduce stress-inducing cortisol. As soon as you begin to feel that unwanted sensation of stress or anxiety, pause for a while, browse through some joke sites, watch a 2-minute funny video clip, or read a feel-good book. Taking time to laugh every day is a great way to lessen mental fatigue and reduce stress.


Friends benefit your health in so many ways. Make it a habit to bond with your close friends on a regular basis. And when we say ‘bond’ it means spending quality time with them up close, not through Facebook or any social media. Having a cup of tea with a friend can really help to relieve high levels of stress, and recharge your batteries. What’s more, it gives you a perfect outlet to vent your emotions or anything that bothers you.


Sometimes, it is too hard to understand our thoughts and the emotions we feel. It is hard to even describe them. Getting a pen and paper is a good strategy to have a clearer picture of what you are going through physically, mentally and emotionally. Scribble your feelings onto a piece of paper.   Keeping a daily journal does a great job in helping yourself understand your feelings more.


Walking is one of the best methods available when it comes to alleviating stress. Walking gives your body an outlet for the build-up of energy that triggers stress, and since it is a form of exercise, walking keeps you fit and healthy as a result.

What if these stress-reducing strategies aren’t enough?

The body self-heals, but sometimes, it’s so far out of kilter that it needs some additional help.  That’s where natural healing therapies come in! So if you need something to kickstart or assist your body in its healing process, why not book a treatment session with Janene?

What is the Difference Between Aromatherapy and Flower Essences? Answer to Frequently Asked Alternative Healing Therapies Question

Picture of essential oils in use at A Holistic Healing Centre North RydeFlower Essences

Flower essences are not about smell. Nor do they contain any physical part of a flower. They are infusions which capture the energy imprint of each flower. They treat the emotional part of you.

Edward Bach is often seen as the father of flower essences. In the 1930s he developed 38 flower remedies, based on English wildflowers. But many cultures have used flower essences for much longer, including North American Indians and Chinese.

It’s rare to apply flower essences externally. Instead, you take them orally. You can take on their own or add to water. They create a vibrational resonance reaction in the body. Flower essences help people release & transform negative patterns or areas where they may be stuck in their life.

Aromatherapy oils

Aromatherapy oils are for external use only. You can use them as scents, in a bath, or with a massage treatment.

These oils are 70 times stronger than the actual plant, flower, herb, or tree bark they are made from. The oil is strong enough to have a therapeutic effect on the mind, body and emotions.

In general, people are attracted to smells that will have a positive effect on them. For instance, you might have positive memories of love and nurturing associated with the lavender smell of your grandmother’s home. Then the smell of lavender will make you feel loved and nurtured even in adulthood.

Sometimes, smells trigger negative emotions. Alternative Natural Healing expert Janene Stevens recalls one dentist who told her that while at University, he had to dissect rats for one of his classes. The professor burned eucalyptus in the room while the rat dissection was going on. Years later, whenever that dentist smelled eucalyptus, it triggered the unpleasant feeling of dissecting rats.

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If you have a health condition which you would like to treat naturally using the power of flowers or oils, why not contact Janene? She treats a wide variety of conditions using many different therapies. She will be able to give you advice and develop a treatment plan just for you.

What is Aromatherapy and Why Does It Work?

Products used for Aromatherapy at holistic healing centerAromatherapy is the use of essential oils from flowers, trees, and herbs. One drop of essential oil is 70 times more powerful than the original plant because it’s the concentrated oil of the plant. It’s the opposite of homeopathy, which works on the theory of like cures like.

It is believed that the Egyptians were using aromatics in 3000 BC. It was reintroduced in modern times when Dr. Rene Gattefosse became interested in oils because of his family’s perfume company. An explosion in the factory caused him to burn his hand, which he plunged into a vat of lavender oil which he was intuitively guided to do (I believe). The Lavender Oil helped with the pain & his hand healed without infection or scarring. Dr. Gattefosse became fascinated with the healing properties of the Essential Oils.

Aromatherapy works on the theory that certain chemicals in the oil have certain benefits to certain conditions. The synergy of a number of essential oils is more powerful than just one essential oil on its own.The Aromatherapy Essential Oils have powerful healing effect on the mind, body, and emotions.

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How Many Treatments Will I Need ?

It’s difficult to give a clear answer about how many treatments you will need to feel better. Health is a highly individual matter. Everyone has a different healing time.

Janene aims to deliver results from the very first treatment. But feeling ‘a bit better’ and feeling ‘completely better’ are different things.

There are a number of factors to consider.

Holistic healing tends to reduce the number of treatments required

Janene deals with people holistically, combining a number of different therapies. For most people, this means they heal more quickly than if they just had one kind of treatment. Sometimes it might only require one treatment to become pain free. Others may need more treatments.

It also depends on your condition

It also depends on how long you’ve had your condition.

More chronic conditions often take longer to heal. Your body has become used to a specific way of being and behaving. Treatment can reset it, but habits take a time to break.

For example, maybe you have adjusted your walk to minimise pain in your knee or back. You may feel better after treatment, but if you continue walking the way you are used to, you are not using your muscles in the best way and you may find pain returns.

The same effect happens with spiritual and emotional conditions too.

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Your own lifestyle affects how many treatments you will need too

You life outside the treatment session has a huge effect. What you do every day may be making your condition worse. Maybe you’re not getting enough sleep – that will tend to make you more stressed, or more anxious, or more depressed. Your diet can have a huge impact too. Janene tries to integrate treatment into your life. So she may give advice about what to eat, or how to get to sleep, or other lifestyle changes you can make.

Do Acupuncture Treatments Hurt?

Acupuncture TreatmentsOne of the most frequently asked questions from those who are new to acupuncture treatments is about pain. Since an acupuncture treatment involves the use of acupuncture needles, people frequently ask the question, “Do Acupuncture reatments hurt?

The answer to the question about whether acupuncture treatments hurt is… Acupuncture treatments should be painless if the acupuncture practitioner knows what he/she is doing!

Mostly acupuncture doesn’t hurt because the needles used for acupuncture treatments are very fine. Quite often people say they don’t feel the acupuncture needle going in at all, even if they usually have a low threshold of pain.

Sometimes people say that when the acupuncture needle is inserted it feels like a mosquito bite. Sometimes when the needle is inserted into a blocked meridian, you might feel something that feels like a little electric shock. That’s a good sign because it means the energy that was blocked has started to move.

As a comparison, the external practice of acupressure is often more physically painful than an acupuncture treatment using needles.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

It’s a common question from those new to alternative healing. ‘How does acupuncture work?’

Great question! Let’s answer it.

What is acupuncture treatment like?

Acupuncture means needles. Most of us don’t like them! But don’t worry. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine. So they don’t hurt.

A few people get tiny twinges. That’s good! It means the needle released a blockage.

Needles must go into the correct acupuncture points. There are hundreds of points. Acupuncturists study for years to learn them. (The UTS course takes 4 years.)

Acupuncture is drug-free. You lie on a massage couch and rest. Most people find it relaxing. We usually combine acupuncture with massage and aromatherapy. Even more relaxing!

The traditional Chinese view of how acupuncture works

Chinese medicine uses the concept of qi, or energy. Qi flows round the body on pathways called meridians. Acupuncture points lie on these meridians.

Qi helps balance yin and yang forces. If qi is blocked, they are unbalanced. The body is unbalanced. So you get sickness or pain.

Acupuncture clears the blocks. Qi flows through the body and restores health.

‘Western’ explanations of acupuncture

Many studies show acupuncture works. But Western science is still not sure how. Most theories say it stimulates signalling systems in the body. For example:

  • It stimulates the central nervous system. This theory makes sense. Many acupuncture points are near neural transmitters. So the needles trigger neural messages to the brain.
  • It produces endorphins, which reduce pain.
  • It releases opioids. These also relieve pain.
  • It increases blood flow. More red blood cells means more nutrients. Better healing.

Conditions acupuncture works for

So much for ‘How does acupuncture work?‘.

There’s a more important question though.

‘What conditions can acupuncture treat?’

If you ask Western science, acupuncture is effective for:

Also, John Hopkins Medicine says National Institute of Health studies support the use of acupuncture for:

  • Nausea after surgery or chemo
  • Dental pain
  • Addiction
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Tennis elbow
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asthma

When you use acupuncture, it may be used alone or in conjunction with conventional medicine. So it’s worth discussing with your doctor.

Do you suffer from one of these conditions? If so, why not try acupuncture? Or a combined treatment? Contact Janene to discuss what’s right for you.

Zinc, the New Antidepressant?

Zinc: The New Antidepressant?

Serum zinc levels have been found low in patients with major depression. Treatment with zinc appears to have an antidepressant effect. Human trials found that zinc supplementation augmented the effects of antidepressant drugs by over fifty percent.

Levenson, CW, Zinc: The New Antidepressant? Nutr. Rev. 64,1, 2006.